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96-year-old widower writes heartbreaking love song to his wife

You may melt.

Fred and Lorraine before her death this year.
Fred and Lorraine before her death this year.
Image: Screen grab via Vimeo

FRED STOBAUGH MET his wife Lorraine in 1938, when she was a waitress and he was a customer.

She died this year, after 72 years of marriage.

Then Fred did something surprising. He wrote the lyrics to a love song about Lorraine, and sent them to a YouTube singer-songwriter competition run by Green Shoe Studio.

But he told them he couldn’t sing the song, whose refrain goes: “Oh sweet Lorraine, I wish we could do the good times all over again.” He wrote: “I would scare somebody.”

So the studio decided to bring in professional musicians to bring the song to life. They made the song, and a ten-minute documentary about the process.

Here it is. Have tissues to hand.

(The song begins at around 6.00)

Vimeo/Green Shoe Studio via DailyDot

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